Cahokia Mounds (Digging for the Past) by Timothy R. Pauketat

By Timothy R. Pauketat

Quite a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies the is still of the main subtle prehistoric local civilization north of Mexico. Cahokia Mounds explores the background in the back of this buried American urban inhabited from approximately A.D. seven hundred to 1400.

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Some of the decorated pots were used by Cahokians to dispense potions, medicines, or special ritual foods to farmers Image Not Available who had come to Cahokia for the great ceremonies that took place. The carved, etched, or incised symbols on certain of these pots have been interpreted by archaeologists to be an early form of pictographic writing. These pictograms told the user how she or he fit into the grand natural design of things and how supernatural powers were managed by Cahokians used pots to Cahokians.

Was that the experience that led you to a career in archaeology or was there something else? Image Not Available Interview with Timothy Pauketat Image Not Available Timothy Pauketat: Collecting arrowheads was definitely a big part of my choice of archaeology as a career. But most arrowhead collectors don’t become professional archaeologists. For me, the real reason I went into archaeology was my parents. My mom, Janet, instilled in me a love of genealogy and natural history. In fact, she herself had collected rocks and arrowheads from her family’s farm.

Often prestige is determined by how closely one is related to the chief. chunkey A prehistoric Indian game played in the midwestern United States. A player rolled a stone disk as far as possible as the opponents threw spears at the point where they predicted the disk would stop. city-state An independent city that has control over its surrounding territory. effigy mound An earthwork created to represent a geometric form or a human, animal, or bird. Mississippi River Bottoms East of present-day St.

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